William Morgan DeBeck (1890 - 1942)

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Nicknames: "Billy"
Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA
Death: Died
Managed by: Natalie Tan
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William Morgan DeBeck was a popular cartoonist who was widely known as Billy DeBeck. He created some of the memorable comic strip characters of the 1920s and 1930s, including Barney Google, Bunky, Snuffy Smith and the racehorse Spark Plug. DeBeck’s style of drawing is considered to be in the classic "big-foot" tradition quite prominent in American comic strips (e.g., The Katzenjammer Kids, Hägar the Horrible, many of Robert Crumb's characters).

DeBeck was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago, where his father, Louis DeBeck, was a former newspaperman employed by the Swift Company. His father was French, and the name DeBeck evolved from DeBeque. His Irish-Welsh mother, Jessie Lee Morgan, had lived on a farm and was a former schoolteacher.

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